New and Enhanced Rebate, up to $300!
Our new and enhanced residential toilet rebate pays for up to $300 for parts and contracted labor! A typical replacement can come at little or no cost to the customer.
Toilets usually account for the most water used indoors in an average home. Switching out a 1.6 gallon per flush (GPF) toilet with an Ultra-High Efficiency Toilet (UHET) cuts your toilet water usage in half, while still providing equal or superior flushing performance.
Beginning December 1, 2016, get up to $300 for the following: Ultra-High Efficiency Toilets (UHETs) that use 0.8 gallons per flush (GPF) or less.
Replace a toilet that uses 1.6 gallons per flush (GPF) or more with an EPA WaterSense-approved Ultra-High Efficiency Toilet (UHET) that uses 0.8 GPF or less.
This rebate cannot exceed the combined cost of the toilet (tank and bowl), accessory parts if needed (wax ring, supply line, seat) and labor. Original, dated, receipts are required for all materials and labor. See the Rebate Program Rules & Requirements on the Toilet Rebate Application for a complete listing of rules and requirements.
The following Ultra High Efficiency Toilets (UHET) that use 0.8 GPF or less qualify for the rebate:
- Niagara Conservation—0.8 GPF Single Flush Stealth® Toilet (Two Pieces – Tank & Bowl)
- Elongated Bowl: #N7717 ;or Round Bowl: #N7716; Tank: #N7714
- Niagara Conservation—0.95/0.5 GPF Dual Flush Stealth® Toilet (Two Pieces – Tank & Bowl)
- Elongated Bowl: #N7717EB-DF; Tank: #- N7714T-DF
- Niagara Conservation - 0.8 GPF Single Flush Stealth® Toilet (One Piece)
- Elongated Bowl: N7711
- Niagara Conservation – 0.8 GPF Single Flush Stealth® Toilet (with Side Handle)
- Elongated Bowl: #N7717 ;or Round Bowl: #N7716; Tank: N7714TFH
- Proflo - 0.8 GPF PF9800 Series Ultra High-Efficiency Two Piece Toilet (Tank & Bowl)
- Elongated Bowl: #PF9803WH; or Round Bowl: #PF9800WH; Tank: # PF9812LIDWH
Toilet Performance Considerations
Due to problems that arose in the late 1990’s when low-flow toilets first hit the market, there has been a lingering concern by some consumers about the performance of water-efficient toilets. To address these concerns, new independent toilet testing and labeling programs have emerged, and toilet manufacturers have improved their designs to increase performance. All 0.8 GPF toilets currently on the market that qualify for this rebate are Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense approved. WaterSense-approval means that the toilet has undergone rigorous testing to meet EPA WaterSense’s performance and efficiency standards.
These toilets are also MaP Premium certified, which means that they are in the “highly recommended” category based on tests of their Maximum Performance. (Note: MaP is an industry-leading provider of the most current plumbing data, including a scale to independently rate toilet efficiency and flush performance). More information on MaP testing can be found here http://www.map-testing.com/.
If you have a Niagara Stealth toilet, there are several helpful troubleshooting videos available via the Niagara Conservation website that cover easy solutions to problems such as weak flush performance and toilet gurgling. Visit the website here and select "Troubleshooting".
Where Can I Find Qualifying Toilets?
Although we do not endorse specific companies or water-conserving products, as a service to you, we provide a list of some local businesses where UHETs are available. We suggest shopping around for toilets and plumbers to get the best deal.
- Ferguson at 2815 Chanticleer Ave. Santa Cruz (831)462-1377
- Bay Plumbing at 2776 Soquel Ave. in Santa Cruz (831)475-2900
- A.L. Lease company at 1220 W Beach Street in Watsonville (wholesale) (831)724-1044
- San Lorenzo Lumber at 2435 41st Avenue in Soquel and the Santa Cruz branch (831)475-6100
- Home Depot at 2600 41st Ave., Soquel (831) 462-5650; and 355 S. Green Valley Rd., Watsonville (831)786-9877
- On-line through Niagara Conservation at http://www.niagaracorp.com/stealth (Stealth® models only)
- Additionally, you may be able to purchase UHETs through your local plumber.
Water Demand Offset Program
Each toilet replaced as part of this rebate is funded by a new development project in our community that is required to offset two times their expected water demand through the Water Demand Offset (WDO) Program. The enhanced rebates offered through this Program are not funded by existing District customers. See more information on the Program here.
If you would like the water savings achieved through your rebate to go toward a specific new development project within the District, please note the name of the development project applicant and the project address in the space provided on the toilet rebate application. This step is voluntary. If this optional information is not provided, the water savings will go into a general pool that will be available for purchase by all development project applicants.
Toilet Rebate Eligibility
Complete rebate eligibility requirements are listed on the toilet rebate application. Please note:
- Rebate-eligible parts include the toilet tank, bowl, seat, wax ring, and supply line only.
- Only contracted labor is eligible for the rebate (i.e. Self-performed labor is not eligible)
- Toilets must be installed and rebate applications must be postmarked within 90 days of the purchase date.
- Each residence is limited to 3 rebates on qualifying toilets on the property.
- Old toilets cannot be reused. Participants agree to recycle their old toilet(s). Customers may recycle their old toilets at the Buena Vista Landfill in Watsonville for a small fee. Toilet seats and all hardware must be removed prior to drop off.
- The IRS requires all rebate program participants receiving rebates of $600 or more in cash or check, per calendar year, to be issued an IRS Form 1099 unless exemptions apply. If you are receiving a cash or check rebate (as opposed to a credit on your water bill), please submit a completed IRS W-9 Form with your rebate application to receive a rebate. The Social Security or Tax ID number requested in the rebate application process is in compliance with exemptions to the Federal Privacy Act of 1974, 42 UCS 405 (c)(2)(c). Social Security numbers provided as part of the application process are held in confidence under terms of the Privacy Act and are not divulged or otherwise conveyed to individuals or organizations outside the SqCWD Rebate Program.